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Nov 15, 2013

Quinoa Bisi Bela Bath

Quinoa is a fantastic grain—high in protein, gluten-free, and a great source of fiber. Quinoa has become very popular these days due to its health benefits. Originating in South America, its popularity has steadily grown and competes for super grain supremacy with its Mediterranean neighbor, couscous.

Some benefits of Quinoa:
1) Inexpensive
2) Tasty
3) Easy to Prepare
4) Filling
5) Quinoa has a long list of nutritional benefits are:
Rich in proteins, iron, calcium and potassium, copper, and potassium, it helps prevent type2 diabetes, childhood asthma, heart diseases, gallstones and migraines.

I am a huge fan of quinoa. Because of its health benefits, I was determined to make it a regular in my kitchen as well.  I already posted the quinoa Uppuma(click the link) in my blog.  Now here is the simple, wholesome recipe loaded with veggies and proteins.

Learn how to make/prepare  one pot dish, Quinoa Bisi Bele Bath by following this recipe.

Quinoa                                   3/4 cup
Masoor dal                              ¼ cup
Chenna dal                              ¼ cup
Tovar dal                                1 tbsp.
Turmeric Powder                       ¼ tsp.
Bisi Bela Bath Powder               3 tbsp.
Tamarind                                a small lemon size
Ghee                                      1 tbsp.
Curry leaves                             few
Coriander leaves                       for decoration
Water                                      4 to 5 cups
 Salt                                         to taste
Grated ginger                           1 tbsp                                                
Chopped French beans               3 tbsp.
 Chopped Carrot-                       ¼ cup
Green peas                               ¼ cup
Chopped Potato                         2 no.
Chopped Capsicum                   1/4 cup
Curry leaves                               2 stem
Green chilies                              2no
Oil/ghee                                        1 tsp
Mustard seeds                              1/4tsp.
Red chilies                                     2 no.
Hing                                             ¼ tsp
Dry desiccated coconut                    1 tbsp.
Curry leaves                                  1 stem

  • Wash and soak the quinoa In water for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, drain the water and keep aside.
  • Soak tamarind in water and extract juice. Keep aside.
  • Heat the ghee in kadai; fry the ginger, all chopped vegetables for a minute.
  • Now add the Bisi Bela Bath powder, quinoa and sauté for a minute.
  • Now take a pressure cooker, add quinoa mixture, all dhals, curry leaves, turmeric powder, tamarind extract, salt and water. Pressure cooks it for two whistles.
  • Take out the quinoa mixture and mix it well.
  • Now heat the ghee in a kadai,  add  all seasonings. Let it pop the mustard seeds
  • Now add the quinoa bela bath and mix it well.
  • Decorate with coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with Zucchini Pachadi.

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